Monday, December 13, 2021

Disney Orders Traditional Sitcom Meet the Mayhems; Remembering Michael Nesmith of The Monkees

Meet the Mayhems

Disney Branded Television has begun production in Los Angeles on Meet the Mayhems, an original live-action comedy series about a family of raucous supervillains who recently ran afoul of the League of Villains and now must somehow beat a path to normalcy in a small Texas town. The series is scheduled to premiere in summer 2022 on Disney Channel and Disney+ platforms around the world. Meet the Mayhems was created by Chris Peterson and Bryan Moore, who are also its executive producers and showrunners. At the center of the story is teenage Havoc, who stands up against the leader of all villains, forcing her entire family to change their identities and relocate to a Texas suburb where she now goes by the name Amy. With the help of her effervescent new neighbor Hartley, she must somehow hide her superpowers and quell her villainous nature in favor of something she's fought against all her life — being normal.

Meet the Mayhems stars Isabella Pappas (Finding Alice) as Amy/Havoc, Lucy Davis (Wonder Woman) as Eva/Surge, James Patrick Stuart (General Hospital) as Vic/Kraniac, Malachi Barton (Disney Channel's Stuck in the Middle) as Colby/Flashform, Reed Horstmann (The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia) as Jake/Chaos and newcomer Kayden Muller-Janssen as Hartley. Patricia Belcher (The Week of) recurs as Celia.


Michael Nesmith

Musician, songwriter, actor, and producer Michael Nesmith, who was best known as a member of the pop rock band The Monkees and co-star of the TV series The Monkees, has died. He died from heart failure at his home in Carmel Valley, California, on December 10. Mr. Nesmith was 78.

The Monkees were formed in Los Angeles in 1965 by Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider specifically for the sitcom The Monkees. Davy Jones had a long-term contract with Screen Gems to appear in television programs. He was shortlisted for the auditions and identified in advance as a potential star for the series. Daily Variety and The Hollywood Reporter ran an ad to cast the remainder of the band/cast members for the TV series on September 8-10, 1965. Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork were chosen out of 437 applicants. Nesmith had been working as a musician since early 1963 and had been recording and releasing music under various names, including Michael Blessing and "Mike & John & Bill" and had studied drama in college. In October 1965, Nesmith landed the role as the wool hat-wearing guitar player "Mike" in the show.

The Monkees

The Monkees premiered on NBC on September 12, 1966. The series follows the adventures of four young men (The Monkees) trying to make a name for themselves as a rock 'n roll band. Mike ("Wool Hat") was the smart and serious one who played the guitar. Although the series ran for only two seasons (1966 to 1968) and 58 episodes, it remains hugely popular to this day. They received two Emmy Awards in 1967: Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy (James Frawley). Nesmith wrote and directed the 1997 ABC comedy special Hey, Hey, It's the Monkees. It was the last time all four of the original Monkees appeared together in a new television program.

The Monkees

The band was originally active from 1966 to 1971. They released six albums, four of which went to No. 1 on the Billboard chart. Some of their big hits included: (Theme From) The Monkees; Last Train to Clarksville; I'm a Believer; (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone; A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You; Pleasant Valley Sunday; Daydream Believer; and Valleri. In 1968, they appeared in the feature film Head. They appeared in the 1969 NBC TV special 33 1⁄3 Revolutions per Monkee. The band reunited in 1986 and toured intermittently with different lineups for a number of years.

Nesmith continued his successful songwriting and performing career, first with the seminal country rock group the First National Band, with whom he had a top-40 hit, "Joanne." His songwriting credits include "Different Drum", which became a hit for Linda Ronstadt and the Stone Poneys.

He founded Pacific Arts, a multimedia production and distribution company, in 1974, through which he helped pioneer the music video format. He created one of the first television programs dedicated to music videos, PopClips, which aired on Nickelodeon from 1980 to 1981. In 1981, he wrote and produced Elephant Parts, an one hour long with parody commercials and comedy sketches, and features five full-length music videos. Elephant Parts won the first Grammy in the Music Video category in 1981.

Michael Nesmith in Television Parts

Nesmith created the short-lived 1985 NBC comedy-variety series Michael Nesmith in Television Parts. The show was a mix of music videos (by both himself and others) mixed in with comedy sketches, commercial parodies, and general silliness. Guest appearances included Martin Mull, Whoopi Goldberg, Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld, Garry Shandling and Arsenio Hall.

Portlandia

He guest starred as the father of the mayor (Kyle MacLachlan) of Portland, Oregon, in a 2014 episode of Portlandia. Some of his film appearances included Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann (1982), Repo Man (1984), Burglar (1987) and Tapeheads (1988). He was the executive producer for the films Repo Man, Tapeheads, and Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann. He also did the music score for Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann.

Mr. Nesmith was a man of many talents. He was still touring last month with Micky Dolenz, who is sadly now the last surviving member of The Monkees. They deserve to be in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. We thank him for the music and entertainment he brought us during his career. He will be greatly missed.

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MeTV aired four episodes of The Monkees as a tribute on December 12. Decades will be doing a two day binge (84 episodes) of The Monkees starting at noon on Saturday, December 18 until Monday, December 20 at 6am.


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Monday, December 5

The Neighborhood - "Welcome to Our Time" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Calvin weighs the pros and cons of making a major life change. Also, Marty turns to Dave for help dealing with a troubling discovery.

Bob Hearts Abishola - "Idle Nigerians" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Abishola’s visit to the sock factory during a nurse’s strike puts extra pressure on Bob to make the factory successful.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of December 5)

Monday, December 5

  • Selena Gomez (Only Murders in the Building/Wizards of Waverly Place) - Watch Selena on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Sebastian Maniscalco (How to Be a Bookie) - Sebastian appears on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • John David Washington (Ballers) - John is a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Lea Michele (The Mayor/Scream Queens) - Lea will be on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Janelle James (Abbott Elementary) - Janelle appears on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Kenan Thompson (Kenan/Kenan & Kel) - Kenan is a guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS. He will also be on E! News on E! at 11:30pm.
  • Annaleigh Ashford (B Positive) - Annaleigh will be on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • ReneĆ© Rapp (The Sex Lives of College Girls) and Alyah Chanelle Scott (The Sex Lives of College Girls/Reboot) - ReneĆ© and Allyah are guests on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Gabourey Sidibe (Difficult People/The Big C) - Gabourey unpacks the new holiday film All I Didn't Want for Christmas on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family/The Class) - Jesse talks about Take Me Out on CBS Mornings some time between 7-9am and on NBC's Today in the 10am.
  • John Stamos (Fuller House/Grandfathered/Jake in Progress/Full House/You, Again?) - NBC's Today has the Citi Music Series with John and The Beach Boys some time between 7-9am.
  • Sarah Chalke (Roseanne/Scrubs/How I Met Your Mother/Mad Love/How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)) - Sarah talks about Netflix's Firefly Lane on Access Daily with Mario & Kit, so check your local listings.
  • Liza Lapira (9JKL/Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life/Super Fun Night/Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23/Traffic Light) - Liza is a guest on PIX11 Morning News on WPIX in New York at 9:40am.
  • Kel Mitchell (Game Shakers/Kenan & Kel) - Kel appears on PIX11 Morning News on WPIX in New York at 10:30am.


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Abbott Elementary - The Complete First Season Frasier - The Complete Series (Blu-ray) Ghosts - Season One The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet - 70th Anniversary Ultimate Christmas Collection Hogan's Heroes - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)

09/06 - Young Sheldon - The Complete Fifth Season (Blu-ray) (DVD)
09/20 - Kim's Convenience - The Complete Series
09/27 - The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet - The Complete Season Five / The Complete Season Six
10/04 - Mr. Mayor - The Complete Series (Blu-ray) (DVD)
10/04 - The Munsters - Marineland Carnival with The Munsters TV Cast
10/18 - Abbott Elementary - The Complete First Season
11/08 - Frasier - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
11/08 - Young Rock - Season Two (Blu-ray) (DVD)
11/15 - The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet - The Complete Season Seven / The Complete Season Eight
11/22 - That '70s Show - The Complete Series (Mill Creek)
11/29 - Ghosts - Season One (Blu-ray) (DVD)
12/06 - The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet - 70th Anniversary Ultimate Christmas Collection
12/13 - And Just Like That... - The Complete First Season
12/13 - Hogan's Heroes - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
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